The Witch Creek fire in October 2007 was the second largest fire in California history. It passed within less than a mile from our home. We were actually evacuated at 3am along with our neighbors. Two days into the fires, approximately 500,000 people from at least 346,000 homes were under mandatory orders to evacuate.
The images here were taken in Poway's Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. It's a 700 acre reserve lined on its major path by large oak trees. These trees were directly in the path of the fire. Most if not all were scorched severely. There are some signs of recovery by some trees but many may not come back.
I took a walk along the trail through the reserve on Thanksgiving morning with some wonderful early morning light. The scene was perfect for black and white. These were all taken with my Leica MP using a 50mm summicron on Kodak Tri-X 400 film. All were hand developed in HC-110 developer with a 47:1 mix for 8 minutes 30 seconds. They were scanned using Silverfast 8 on a Plustek scanner.
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